Experts from different background with college students in large attendance today converged here at Indira Gandhi Stadium for the 2nd e-Naga Summit 2016 and put forward their agendas/ opinions ‘Towards making the state of Nagaland the next IT hub in Southeast Asia.’
e-Naga Summit envisions to embark on a process to install the spirit of innovation and use of technology for impacting positive change in the society with target audience comprising of students entrepreneurs, NGOs, Governmental departments and industry processionals.
The Summit touches on the role of lawmakers in promoting IT and e-Governance, media as an enabler in promoting IT and e-Governance, civil societies and students for promoting IT and e-Governance, etc. The summit will continue till November 29.
Gov suggest electronic tendering system to avoid manipulation
Addressing the inaugural function, Nagaland Governor PB Acharya said Nagaland need to initiate some basic important changes using IT & C tools. His suggestion include adoption of electronic tendering system as state policy to avoid table tender and other possible ways of manipulation, online payment of salaries of employees to weed out bogus employees, direct beneficiary transfer system through personal bank account so that genuine citizens get their benefits in time, online system of revenue collection to eliminate brokers etc.
The Governor said there are endless ways to utilize information and communication technologies to provide efficient and transparent solutions to citizens. At micro level, information and communication technologies can be used in individual departments for handling workflow systems, access to entitlements, public grievance systems, service delivery system such as payment of bills, tax information, provision of market information etc.
Acharya said every state government must take initiatives to use Information and Communication Technologies(ICT) to improve IT literacy, create awareness of the benefits of e-governance, improve coordination among various Departments, promote Government process re- engineering, create vision and also incorporate best practices of other states.
IT dept to transform Nagaland into modern state: Paiwang
Minister for Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communication, P. Paiwang Konyak said the Department of Information Technology & Communication (IT&C) is now playing a key role to transform Nagaland into a modern state by way of improving transparency, efficiency and ensuring cost effective public service delivery to the citizens.
He said the state is witnessing a paradigm shift in governance and all other spheres of life and information technology and electronic media is enabling a knowledge- led economy.
The minister said Nagaland is the first state in India where the state itself has taken over State Portal and State Services Delivery Gateway (SP&SSDG) core infrastructure project and now acting as the implementing agency without engaging private companies. Nagaland is also the only state in India where state IT department is running the state data centre, Paiwang added.
Liia hails Nagaland for top performer on e-Governance
Advisor to the President, Estonia, Dr Liia Hanni in her speech described e-Nagaland as a forward-looking strategy for Nagaland that aims to harness the best from modern information and communication technology.
She congratulated the state of Nagaland for recently being recognized by the Computer Society of India as the top performer on e-Governance. This is an acknowledgement of successful start of the Nagaland’s journey towards Digital Society, she stated.
She also challenged the gathering to identify the right steps to make Nagaland an advanced and prosperous digital society.
Nagaland Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar said with our English speaking population and the technology-savvy young generation, Nagaland is well poised to play a significant role in the IT sector.
Also taking a cue from the Central government, Kumar said the biometric attendance system was introduced in the Nagaland Secretariat the previous year. With citizens in Dimapur now paying their electricity bills online, a facility which is being extended to other towns, Kumar said more e-services would be introduced to citizens soon.
Source: Morung Express
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